1159 E. Chelten Avenue,
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Firms: Thalheimer & Weitz
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Reel pulpit, Christian Youth Cinema, Christian Cinema
The Chelten Theatre opened on September 21, 1938 with Ginger Rogers in “Having Wonderful Time”, with seating for around 800. The Art Moderne style theater was located on Chelten Avenue near Ardeleigh Street and designed by the firm of Thalheimer & Weitz.
The Chelten Theatre was closed on January 1, 1952 with Mark Stevens & Rhonda Fleming in “Little Egypt” & Leo Gorcey & Huntz Hall in “Bowery Battalion”. It was taken over by a church on October 23, 1954, but also screened Christian movies as the Reel Pulpit, Christian Youth Cinema and Christian Cinema until 1973, and afterward just church use.
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